After Uncle Sam and Jersey Shore, there’s no more essential a part of American culture as football. Pro football has entire industries that live around its core business: food and beverage, merchandising, travel, and more. As a sport that bands together members of a city to identify themselves with the team (“Steeler Nation,” “Cheeseheads”), football generates a ton of revenue for local businesses that capitalize on people’s hometown pride during football season.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that news of an NFL lockout was a massive blow to the small businesses who participate in the “football industry.” Even though intervention from the judicial system has ordered a lift on the lockout, analysts anticipate the owner-player disputes will continue. If it does, here’s what the NFL lockout could mean to small businesses. Click the infographic for an enlarged view.
Infographic by Column Five.